If you are seeking the finest Thai cuisine that Sydney has on offer, then we think you’re in the right place. Thai food is one of our favourite cuisines, and we like to think that we’ve tried many of the finest Thai establishments in the city.
So, whether it is a deliciously flavoursome stir fry that you’re looking for, a delightfully light green curry, or hot and sour Tom Yum, then we’ve got you covered for quality Thai-hotspots in Sydney.
Sydney is renowned for its amalgamation of cultures, traditions and phenomenal food and it certainly does not miss when it comes to the flavour sensation that is Thai cuisine.
Thai food is distinguished by its freshness, lavish spices and exotic fragrance. Your taste buds get a workout and your forehead may perspire from the sizzling hot pots, curries and spicy soups. It is a cuisine that delights the senses.
One of the underappreciated secrets of Thai cuisine is the balance of salty, sweet, sour, bitter and hot. The best dishes are balanced, delicate and do not overpower.
Good Thai food is a matter of balance; it is the combination of sweet, sour, salty and hot tastes that gives Thai food its vibrance. The flavours of Thai food are not always subtle, but are blended in graceful dishes where no taste overpowers.
Choose a fine Thai eatery and you will experience the freshest of local produce, seafood and meats sourced from local markets daily combined with vibrant, zesty flavour and careful presentation.
The best Thai eateries will prepare authentic Thai food, bold and imaginatively, carefully combining beauty, flavour and texture. And for those with a taste for heat, fearsome chillies.
Whatever your reason is for seeking the delights of Thai food, you will not be disappointed by the wide range of excellence that Sydney boasts. Read on to discover the 15 best Thai restaurants in the harbour city.
If you are seeking the highest standard of Thai cuisine then this restaurant is the spot for you. Each dish is crafted with the freshest and finest ingredients and the result is mouthwatering excellence.
Their fish cakes are a favoured dish alongside their eggplant and they also boast both an a la carte menu and a set menu to cater for any time of day.
Location: Angel Place, Sydney, NSW, 2000
Opening Hours: Mon — Fri: 12pm —3pm (Lunch), 5pm — 10pm (Dinner), Sat: 5pm — 10pm, Closed Sundays
Thai Foon (reported as closed)
Thai Foon Restaurant in Darling Harbour Sydney offers vibrant Thai food with a stunning backdrop of Sydney’s skyline, Darling Harbour and Cockle Bay.
With authentic Thai food, attentive staff and breathtaking views, Thai Foon is one of Sydney’s finest Thai establishments.
The dishes are sourced from across Thailand, from the traditional Thai restaurants in Chiang Mai, the land of misty mountains in northern Thailand, to the sophisticated Royal Thai Restaurants in Bangkok. With local fresh ingredients Thai Foon delivers a memorable dining experience.
Our favourite dish is the Deep Fried Whole Fish with Sweet Chilli Sauce – very zesty, fiery and yet subtle too.
Thai Foon is set in the bustling Darling Harbour restaurant precinct, Thai Foon is close to the Sydney CBD, entertainment venues such as the IMax theatre, and great shopping locations such as Paddy’s Markets and the Harbourside Centre.
Location: Level 2, Harbourside Shopping Centre, Darling Drive, Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW, 2000
Opening Hours: Open for Lunch and Dinner – seven days. 11am —11pm
Going West? Perth has many excellent Thai restaurants. Read about them here.
Located in the famous Norton Street in Leichardt, Thainamic’s relaxed and casual vibe has proved a local inner-west favourite for over a decade.
Thainamic promotes the freshness of its ingredients, the use of local produce and the authenticity of its traditional Thai recipes. This is unpretentious and honest Thai food at inexpensive prices.
Try the Massaman Beef curry and the Larb Salmon, as both are delightful. The duck red curry is very flavoursome and the Thainamic Pad Thai gives you that sweet-savoury-sour flavour that makes the dish such a classic noodle stir fry.
Thainamic has also branched out into catering, with party trays available for corporate events, parties and large gatherings.
Location: 139 Norton Street, Leichardt , NSW, 2040 Tel: (02) 9569 1600
Opening Hours: Mon — Fri: 11.30am — 11:30pm, Dinner: Mon-Thu 5pm-9pm | Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm
This restaurant is a modern and trendy venue that boasts a dark side. In Thai culture, Chin Chin’s mistress is known as the nighttime and the lighting inside reflects this cultural twist.
Their fried rice is utterly gorgeous and their white fish green curry with apple eggplant is a blend of flavours that can only be attributed to the genius of Thai cuisine. It’s also inexpensive and therefore makes for the perfect location for a date night (if you’re paying!)
Location: 69 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010
Opening Hours: Mon — Fri: 12pm — 11:30pm, Sat & Sun: 11am — 11:30pm
This fusion restaurant boasts both brunch and dinner style dishes and their food is influenced by traditional Northern Thai cuisine that contains copious amounts of flavour and vegetables.
Their main focus is on authenticity and this is undoubtedly reflected in the high standard of food that is served here. They also boast a vast array of gorgeous cocktails to go alongside every single dish. You will not be disappointed.
Location: 1/425 Pitt St, Haymarket, NSW, 2000
Opening Hours: Mon — Sun: 8am — 8pm
This is one of the best places for Thai food in the entire country. Many of the dishes are award-winning, and for good reason. These flavoursome dishes deliver a substantial punch.
Their head chef, Sujet Saenkham is determined to only present the most intricately authentic Thai food and you should definitely try their eggplant stir fry to see exactly why this place is so renowned.
Location: 90 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010
Opening Hours: Tues — Sun: 11:30am — 3:30 (Lunch), 5pm — 10pm (Dinner), Closed Mondays
This restaurant infuses both traditional and modern dishes, ensuring that you receive a taste sensation like no other. Their degustation menu is $95 but it is definitely worth the price.
You’ll be served a Thai-European amalgamation of seasoned meats and seafood and you’ll definitely be returning time and time again!
Location: 346 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010
Opening Hours: Tues — Sun: 5pm — 9:30pm, Closed Mondays
This restaurant is infamous for it’s stir-fried pork hock and prawns that are seasoned to perfection and showcase the finest ingredients in the whole city.
You are guaranteed to receive an amazing meal here as Joe Kistana has founded an institution that is unbeatable! Sit back, relax and enjoy heartwarming service alongside some of the best food that Sydney has to offer.
Location: 1/28 Kings Ln, Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010
Opening Hours: Mon: 11am — 3pm, Tues — Sat: 11am — 3pm (Lunch), 6pm — 10pm (Dinner), Closed Sunday
If you are eager to try Thai cuisine that implements experimental tastes then Cheng Kitchen is definitely the right place for you.
It showcases Northern Thai food and is renowned for its Khantoks that includes a gorgeous array of Thai curries, jams and relishes.
All of their food is priced at a reasonable standard too, so you are guaranteed to find the right choice for you without breaking the bank!
Location: 54 Campbell Street Haymarket, NSW, 2000
Opening Hours: Mon — Sun: 10am — 11:30
This restaurant was founded in 1982 and has ingrained itself into the very fabric of the city’s Thai-food scene. They use traditional methods of preparation and this becomes evident as soon as you take your first mouthful.
Their Som Tum Pu Pla Ra is incredible and their Pad Thai is also guaranteed to transport the weary-eyed traveler straight back to the streets of Thailand. This is not the spot to miss out on.
Location: Shop G06, 323 Castlereagh Street, Haymarket, NSW, 2000
Opening Hours: Sun — Tues: 11:30am — 10pm, Fri & Sat: 11:30am — 11pm
Wrap your jaws around the mouth watering special noodles at DoDee Paidang to see exactly why this has become a popular hotspot for all things Thai. Their Tom Yum Soup is also crafted from a 30-year-old traditional recipe and the flavours are utterly sensational!
Family tradition drives this business and it boasts a warm and inclusive ambience. You should also try their phenomenal asian beers on tap to wash down your food with a smile!
Location: Westfield Chatswood, Shop 330-331, 1 Anderson Street, Chatswood, NSW, 2067
Opening Hours: Mon — Sun: 11:30am — Late
When on the north side of the harbour, we’ve always found Papaya Thai to have a vibrant atmosphere, with impressive food, service and interiors.
The Kaeng Phed Ped Yang is a well-kept secret; a highly spiced red curry with boneless roast duck in chilli red curry combined with lychee, pineapple and cherry tomatoes to temper the heat. It’s a classic dish, but not for the faint hearted.
If you like your seafood, try the Yum Talay, a fabulous dish from the east of Thailand – grilled fresh water scampi, blanched calamari rings, fish fillets, prawns, mussels and scallops topped with a traditional Thai salad.
Also consider the Pla Sam Ros, a whole barramundi, deep fried and dressed with sweet chilli sauce, tamarind sauce, kaffir lime leaves, chopped long chilli and basil topped with fried enoki mushrooms served on a bed of lightly stir-fried bok choy.
Fancy dining at home? Take advantage of Papaya Thai Express, the restaurant’s new (2022) venture.
Location: 6/87 Spofforth Street, Cremorne, NSW 2090 / Tel: 02 9953 8989
Opening Hours: Mon — Sun: 4pm — 10pm
The meals at Caysorn are prepared and cooked with love. This restaurant’s ethos centres around bringing the best family-style Thai food whilst utilising only the finest authentic ingredients.
The food here packs a flavoursome punch and you could become another loyal Caysorn diner overnight. The service is as friendly as the food is exquisite. We’re quite smitten and have returned a few times to satisfy our Thai-cravings.
Location: 106/8 Quay Street, Prince Centre Building Level 1, Haymarket, NSW, 2000
Opening Hours: Mon — Sun: 11am — 9:30pm
Ta Ta Thai (in Neutral Bay on the northern side of the harbour) is more of a cafe than a fine restaurant. The food is simple, wholesome fare, inexpensive and served with a smile. Expect Khao Pad (Thai fried rice) in big portions and authentic Tom Yum Goong.
You’ll find a mixture of western dishes too (particularly with the breakfast menu) but our advice is to stick with the Thai dishes.
We recommend trying the restaurant’s signature dish, Crying Tiger, and the seared scallops with deep fried spinach and home-made sauce.
Location: 15 Hayes St, Neutral Bay, NSW, 2089
Opening Hours: Tues — Sun: 9:00am — 9:30pm
This wholesome restaurant serves delicious dishes that will undoubtedly leave you satisfied. They are also inexpensive and no dish on the menu is priced over $35.
The food, however, is definitely elite! A favoured choice is the mixed papaya salad or the delightfully crispy pork served with broccoli.
Location: Shop 1-2, 299 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000
Opening Hours: Mon — Sun: 11am — 11pm
This restaurant boasts mouth watering yet inexpensive food. The dishes here are prepared with the finest precision, utilising only the freshest, locally sourced ingredients.
Their crispy spring rolls are delightful as well as their yellow crab curry. You should definitely try their coconut ice cream to refresh your palate after chowing down on some incredible spices!
Location: 20 Campbell Street Haymarket, NSW, 2000
Opening Hours: Mon — Sun: 11am — 10pm
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If you are looking to indulge in your Thai food with an equally delightful view then this is the right spot for you. This restaurant is located near Cronulla Beach and has established the perfect amalgamation of traditional and modernised Asian cuisine.
You can find a wide range of thai dishes on offer here and they also offer a takeaway option. You’ll be in awe of this place!
Location: 5/8 Kingsway, Cronulla, NSW, 2230
Opening Hours: Tues — Thurs: 5pm — 10pm, Fri & Sat: 12pm — 3pm (Lunch), 5pm — 10pm (Dinner), Sun: 12pm — 3pm (Lunch), 5pm — 9pm (Dinner), Closed Mondays
This restaurant boasts flavours that are undoubtedly more punchy than your usual Thai restaurant.
This Thai hotspot is therefore guaranteed to transport you back to the streets of Thailand and is the go-to-place for those who have traveled the country and tasted the authentic flavours for themselves. You will not be disappointed!
Location: Shop 4, The District Podium Level, Chatswood Interchange 436, Victoria Ave, Chatswood, NSW, 2067
Opening Hours: Mon — Sun: 11pm — 10pm
Off to the City of Churches? You should check out our guide to eating Thai food in Adelaide.
This restaurant has won a multitude of awards over recent years. It delivers some of the finest Thai food in the city, but is located away from the CBD and trendy inner-east and inner-west suburbs.
Instead, you’ll find Khao Pla, in the unassuming suburb of Chatswood, on the north side of the harbour and it has a well-earned burgeoning reputation for authentic and spicy Thai food.
The dishes that tantalise tastebuds are prepared by head chef, Pla, who has worked in some of the top Asian restaurants around Aus
They only utilise fresh ingredients in their curries and their focus on house-made pastes ensures that your flavoursome experience is maximised. The pork ribs are fabulous (and have won awards) and indeed the restaurant won Best Thai in 2016’s Gourmet Traveller Guide.
The food is a mix of traditional Thai food created using innovative, modern techniques (and plenty of spices) to create a unique collection of Thai flavours. The dishes are beautifully balanced, the portions are generous and the prices are very reasonable.
Location: Shop 7/370-374, Victoria Avenue, Chatswood, NSW, 2067
Opening Hours: Mon — Sun: 11pm — 10pm